For those Seeking Peace, Anger Can be a Healing Path
“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.” – Buddha
I’ve noticed that in almost every spirituality group that many people are dealing with anger. Many lives have been affected by the lack of love. Many people have good reasons to feel angry. If this sounds like you, know that you are not alone. The pain of anger can be a valuable tool in the search for peace. Often, people come to spirituality, seeking peace, relief, and a higher sense of life. Surprisingly, anger can become a vehicle that leads the heart to seek release.
Unfortunately, the world in which we live today is still marked by the legacies of war, addiction, and abuse in far too many ways. Many people have not experienced enough love or inclusion and they tend to pass that on. The ripple effect is enormous, affecting innocent lives, often for generations. This is why it is so important that we begin to heal from the pain that has happened in our lives. When one person returns to peace, they transform the energy around them. The healing presence that one peaceful, loving person can bring becomes a healing force, creating more good in the world.
There are many spiritual teachers whose work has helped to transform anger into healing. For example, Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist master who has devoted his life to peace after witnessing the atrocities in Vietnam. You might want to check out his book, Anger. There is also a female Buddhist master whose work includes valuable processes and methods to heal deeply painful emotions. Her name is Tsultrim Allione and her work is called Feeding Your Demons: Ancient Wisdom for Resolving Inner Conflict.
If your life experience includes recovering from deeply painful episodes, know that you are not alone and that help is available. The suffering in human life often provides such a profound sense of separation that the only relief is through healing.
Anger can become your pathway to peace.